September 8, 2009 |
A month after the controversial signing of convicted dogfighter Michael Vick, the Eagles yesterday circulated a draft plan to animal-rights groups that calls for an immediate, widespread campaign to combat animal abuse in Philadelphia. According to the proposal, obtained by The Inquirer, the team plans a range of new animal-welfare activities, including deployment of Eagles players and cheerleaders to schools and community events and a mobile animal-care van to at-risk areas. The van could be called the Pet Mobile.
July 23, 2011
The Delaware County Council has appointed eight people to the Animal Protection Board, which will oversee construction of a new animal-control facility in Darby Township. Last year, the SPCA gave notice that it would no longer continue municipal animal-control contracts starting this summer. The Media-based shelter and the council reached a deal to extend the contracts by six months. The new facility, on Calcon Hook Road, is scheduled for completion by December. The county is seeking to establish a nonprofit to run the shelter, said Councilman Mario J. Civera.
January 4, 1987 |
For the second time in two months, a Burlington County animal-rights activist is facing charges stemming from his pursuit of animal-welfare cases. John Dobran, who was convicted of horse theft Nov. 24 while pressing an animal-cruelty case in Southampton Township Municipal Court, faces two charges of animal cruelty and two charges of misrepresenting himself while he was at a Springfield Township farm. At the same time, Dobran is pressing animal-cruelty charges against one of his accusers.
January 23, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Without fresh revenue, a fund that plays a vital role in protecting dogs in Pennsylvania will run out of money by next year, state officials say. Battered by a multi-million-dollar fund transfer in 2010, plummeting interest rates and stagnant dog license sales, the state's "restricted" account, created to pay for a range of animal welfare-related services, is shrinking fast. State officials say the Dog Law Restricted Account, which in 2007 had a $14 million balance, may run out of money in 2013.
August 26, 1989 |
A small canister has created a big fuss between two groups interested in helping animals and has left an unlikely state agency - the Liquor Control Board - in the middle of the squabble. The problem erupted when the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was bothered by the language used by a smaller group called Spay and Save Inc. on donation canisters placed in State Stores. Eileen Chamberlain, vice president of Spay and Save, a volunteer operation that tries to get pet owners from poor communities to spay and neuter animals, said the LCB sided with the SPCA and ordered the cans removed from store counters earlier this week.
August 25, 2009
- Attributed to American financier John P. Grier, banker Andrew W. Mellon and writer Clare Boothe Luce, among others . THE Michael Vick Salvage Project that divided the Eagles fan base also fractured the animal-welfare community, with the Humane Society of the United States in the doghouse with some who oppose HSUS' deal to work with the felonious quarterback. In a 2 1/2-hour meeting yesterday, the divided met the fractured. For visuals, think Grand Canyon and San Andreas Fault.
May 4, 2008 |
A veterinary student from Bala Cynwyd has received a $100,000 inspiration award that will allow her to do postgraduate work in farm-animal welfare. Rachel Toaff-Rosenstein, 26, a fourth-year student at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, was presented with a Penn Vet Student Inspiration Award on Tuesday during ceremonies in Philadelphia. She and another student - Warren Waybright, of Gettysburg, Pa. - were picked from among 21 applicants, said Alan M. Kelly, the school's dean emeritus, who chaired the selection panel.
September 8, 1995 |
Karolyn Smith wants the township to pass an animal-protection ordinance because she believes that the state and federal agencies that regulate animal welfare don't do enough. Armed with 155 supportive signatures from other residents, the Concord woman asked the supervisors at Tuesday's meeting to pass a measure with strict standards for the care of dogs and cats at kennels and pet stores. "It's easier to have a law on the books than later, to try to (pass) one should problems arise," she said.
February 1, 2010 |
A torrent of bad press and fan outrage over the signing last summer of convicted animal abuser Michael Vick pushed the Philadelphia Eagles into the animal-welfare business. In September, the team rolled out a sweeping plan to combat dogfighting and animal abuse in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a slew of initiatives promising to "leverage the Eagles' brand" on behalf of animals, as it has with other causes such as breast cancer, literacy, and the environment. An Eagles Web site was launched to promote the program, called Treating Animals With Kindness (TAWK)
July 20, 2016
The Pennsylvania SPCA has named a new director of Humane Law Enforcement. Sgt. Nicole Wilson will immediately take over the role left vacant by the death last month of George Bengal, the shelter's longtime law enforcement director. The unit investigates reports of animal abuse and can charge individuals who mistreat animals with crimes. Wilson began her career in animal welfare in 1998 at the Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown, Md., where she established a behavior hotline to provide a resource for pet owners.